A life surrounded by luxury seems to be an unwise use of religious leaders' money, but I don't think it's necessary to shun luxuries altogether.Read More »
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis declared on Friday (July 5) that Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be made saints, elevating the two most decisive popes of the 20th century to the pantheon of Catholic life and worship.
In a sign of the worldwide devotion for John XXIII, known as “Good Pope John,” Francis waived the requirement for a second miracle credited to John XXIII’s intercession, with the Vatican’s spokesman saying, “no one doubts his virtues.”Read More »
Local leaders, social service advocates and the homeless community will gather Wednesday morning to honor the life of Mike Rowles, a local and homeless advocate who addressed the critical needs faced by men and women living on the streets.
The memorial will be at 9 a.m. at House of Charity, 32 W. Pacific Ave.Read More »
JOHANNESBURG (RNS) Will native son and national hero Nelson Mandela survive his latest bout with illness? That is the single question dominating headlines, speeches, Twitter and conversation throughout South Africa.
It’s an unusual situation in a country where death is an off-limits topic due to local culture.Read More »
The Whitworth Institute of Ministry will present its 38th annual program for pastors and their families July 8-12.
This year’s theme, “For Such a Time as This: Ancient Christian Wisdom for Postmodern Times,” will focus on current transitions in the life of the church, according to a press release.Read More »
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Just months after becoming the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, reports are surfacing that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is in poor health with diminished stature and energy.
After a brief hiatus at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Benedict returned to live in a converted monastery on the edge of the Vatican gardens last month.Read More »